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Library Services During COVID-19: Home

Information from our Libraries

During this challenging time, we will do our best to keep the community updated about our libraries through this guide.

Services available to YU Students, Faculty, Staff and Alumni/ae

*YU Libraries are presently open for current students, faculty, staff and Alumni/ae!*

Alumni/ae must first register with and present proof that they are fully vaccinated to the Office of Alumni Affairs.

Here is a current list of services available to YU Students and Faculty, in addition to on-site library usage: 

Meet with a Librarian virtually - Schedule a meeting with a YU librarian for your research and course needs via Zoom or phone.

Live Chat –  with a YU librarian in real time regarding your library needs (Sunday, 12:00 - 9:00 pm; Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm; Friday; 9:00 am - 12:30 pm)

Online renewals – Books can be renewed online.

Grab & Go -- Books can be requested via webform for pick up on the Beren and Wilf Campuses.  Limited transfer fo books between campuses at this time.  

Scan Services -- Limited selections from our print holdings (select chapters and articles) can be requested by webform and will be emailed.

Interlibrary Loan -- Request articles and books that are not available via YU electronic or on-site resources.

Phone -- 

  • Beren Campus - Hedi Steinberg Library: 646-592-4980
  • Wilf Campus
    • Mendel Gottesman Library of Hebraica/Judaica: 646-592-4190
    • Pollack Library: 646-592-4450


Can I use the library on-site? Yes!  Students, faculty and staff with current YU IDs have access to the YU Libraries.    We will continue to provide Grab & Go pickup services, Scan services, virtual reference and other services for on and off campus users. At present the libraries are not open to alumni or guests at this time.

Can I contact a librarian for assistance with my research needs? 
Yes! YU librarians are eager to provide research assistance for identifying the information resources you need – they are available via live chat or you can fill out our Ask Us! form and someone will get back to you.  You can also set up a research appointment with a librarian.

How can I access materials while off-site? 
Yeshiva University subscribes to numerous databases and materials including full-text journal articles, e-books and more.  To search for materials in print and electronic format, visit YU Libraries.  More information about logging into YU resources off-site are available here. 

I really need a book that is on campus, is there any way to obtain it? 
Yes, the libraries are open as of October 21, 2020 and current students, faculty and staff with current YU IDs will have access to YU on-site collections.  Additionally, 
Grab & Go services will continue during this time at the Beren and Wilf campuses.

My book is overdue. What should I do?
Books can be renewed online.  As of October 21, 2020 the libraries will be open for services including renewals and returns.

I don’t think the libraries have an article or a book that I am looking for.  Can I get it from another institution?  
Articles not found at the YU Libraries can be requested through interlibrary loan. Please be aware that many of our partner institutions are currently closed or limited in present resources.  Books may be obtained through our interlibrary loan service at the present time and timing may be lengthier than you may be accustomed.

I haven’t searched for anything in the library before.  Where do I begin?  
A great starting point is our Library Research Jump Start guide.  You can also connect to a librarian via chat or email.

I borrowed a book via Interlibrary Loan which will soon become due (or it is already overdue), what is my next step? 
Please email our interlibrary loan librarian at for more information.

What should I do if my password doesn't work?
For issues with passwords, contact the academic computing department. 

When will the libraries reopen? 
The libraries are open as of October 21st.  For updates or possible changes, please visit the 
YU Libraries homepage.

I need to consult a book from the library collection, is this possible?
Yes!  As of October 21, 2020 current YU students, faculty and staff will be able to pick up books in person at the libraries.  Additionally, Grab & Go services for pickup of books on the Beren and Wilf campuses will also be available.

I need a selection from a book or an article from a journal that is held by the University Libraries, how may I access or request it?
Yes, our 
scan service will make available limited selections from our print holdings and this service is available for current YU students, faculty and staff.

Current Library Hours

Our buildings are open as of October 21, 2020, Yeshiva University Libraries continue to offer services and resources for remote teaching, learning, and research.

In-Person library and online service hours, please check